A council has been fined £250,000 after a worker was diagnosed with hand arm vibration syndrome. The worker was left permanently injured after the work he did at Thanet District council would mean he typically spent up to six hours a day using a range of powered equipment. Canterbury Crown Court heard that an investigation by […]
Noise at work
A judge in Swansea has told a company’s director and three managers that their company was “a ticking time bomb in relation to the health and safety employees”. The defendants were handed down suspended jail sentences for ongoing health and safety failings at their furniture factory in Port Talbot. Swansea Crown Court heard that the […]
In the oil and gas industry, hearing protection struggles to command the same level of attention from the workforce as other personal safety equipment such as hard hats. Brad Witt, director of hearing conservation at Honeywell Industrial Safety, provides four top tips for ensuring that oilfield workers use their earplugs. To pay for my studies […]
Speed workshops are being held on the Reactec stand at Safety & Health Expo this week at the ExCeL exhibition centre in London. Reactec, monitors and manages solutions for hand arm vibration (HAV), will be hosting four ten-minute workshops at Reactec tomorrow, 22 June. The four sessions will cover: a myth busting discussion about HAVs risk […]
By Niklas Moeller High percentages of open plan space, low partitions and movable walls are just a few of the trends that make today’s interiors even more reliant on sound masking for speech privacy and noise control. However, a sound masking system’s ability to provide these benefits largely depends on its ability to meet the […]
Niklas Moeller, Vice-President of K.R. Moeller Associates Ltd, looks at the ways in which we can make our work environments perform better in terms of acoustic performance in green buildings. Effective acoustics are essential to workplace satisfaction and performance. As such, they should be a top design priority, particularly in green buildings where the mandate […]
Research indicates that poor acoustics negatively affect employees’ productivity, stress levels and morale. For example, a study conducted by Finland’s Institute of Occupational Health shows that unwilling listeners demonstrate a five to 10 per cent decline in performance when undertaking tasks requiring concentration. Niklas Moeller, vice-president of K.R. Moeller Associates Ltd., explains more. Of course, […]
HSE’s Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) has announced the keynote speakers who will speak at ListenUP! – the first European Hearing Conservation Conference. Taking place in Manchester, UK on 2 March 2016, ListenUP! will bring together international specialists in the field of hearing conservation to propose a fresh approach to the escalating problem of noise-induced […]
While too much noise can be disruptive and even dangerous in work environments; silence is not always golden. Niklas Moeller, vice-president of K.R. Moeller Associates Ltd, looks at how to find the perfect level of noise. Today, noise is widely considered both an environmental pollutant and a health hazard. Noises of 80 dBA or higher […]
Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) monitoring equipment firm Reactec has won a major contract to provide Network Rail Infrastructure with HAV monitoring equipment and reporting software for their UK workforce. Edinburgh-based Reactec provides monitoring devices and a management information reporting platform for HAV. Network Rail runs, maintains and develops the UK’s rail tracks, signalling, bridges, tunnels, […]
Workers at The Royal Mint have been fitted with bespoke noise protection to protect their hearing. Eighty per cent of workers in noisy environments at The Royal Mint have been fitted with custom made WorkPlugs by Minerva Hearing. The ear plugs are made to fit each individual’s exact ear canals, creating a secure seal against […]
Loud music and noise are seen as essential parts of the events industry experience. Bryan Henesey joined members of IOSH’s Sports Grounds and Events Group in finding out how one of the UK’s most iconic nightclubs, Ministry of Sound, balances entertainment and ensuring the safety and health of workers and revellers. Entertainment and safety – […]
With the BBC Proms about to start on 17 July, BOHS, The Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection offers advice to orchestral musicians on how to prevent Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). The advice is based on a research paper published in The Annals of Occupational Hygiene involving the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Australia which […]
In the July issue of SHP, Bryan Henesey examines how one of the UK’s most iconic nightclubs, Ministry of Sound, balances entertainment and ensuring the safety and health of workers and revellers. Loud music and noise are seen as essential parts of the events industry experience, and the idea of safety in an entertainment space […]
A noise abatement product has been launched by Deborah Services, a non-mechanical construction equipment provider. The acoustic barrier – NoiseGardz® – is suitable for both internal and external temporary noise abatement, and is a fully waterproof, fire-resistant and lightweight barrier, says Deborah Services. According to the company, the NoiseGardz® acoustic curtains are made entirely from […]
Neil Dyson explains the importance of minimising worker exposure to electromagnetic fields.
Noise measurement specialists Cirrus Research say they have moved into the vibration detection market for the first time with the launch of its new RevoTM Vibration Meter. The Revo measures, analyses and assesses vibration data – ideal for assessing hand-arm or whole body vibration exposure, say the firm. Cirrus claims it meets all the relevant […]
Noise in the workplace is regulated around the world and remains an ongoing priority for safety professionals and workers alike. What is often overlooked? Leisure noise. Five leisure activities that can cause noise-induced hearing loss for those that don’t take precautions: Fireworks Rock concerts Riding recreational vehicles Mowing the lawn Using a chainsaw or other […]
A Hearing Check Kiosk has been developed by safety company Arco, together with CluisTROM Ltd, with the aim of helping businesses to identify and prevent employee hearing loss. According to Arco, hearing damage caused by exposure to workplace noise is more common than people think, with research estimating that over 2 million people are exposed […]
A West Yorkshire firm specialising in foam and feather furnishings has been fined £15,000 after failing to protect its workforce from excessive noise levels made by production machinery. An investigation showed that the company had not made a suitable assessment of the noise levels in the factory between 2006 and 2013. It was heard on […]
26th February 2014, 11:00 (GMT) Contact us at email@example.com if you would like to get a free demo of the Barbour EHS service or to get added to our mailing list to be alerted to webinars. Jason Bleasdale, a Partner/Member in the firm of Hill Dickinson LLP will present a webinar dealing with current […]
Neal Hill, Product Line Manager, Casella: Monitoring a construction or demolition site's noise and dust emissions is often considered to be another headache that the contractor just doesn't need. As a result, the section on site monitoring within the planning documents gets left blank. It stays that way until, inevitably, a consultant is called in at the last minute to ensure compliance.
Pulsar Instruments Plc has launched Pulsar Nova, six professional Class 1 and 2 sound level meters.
The consortium behind the building of the 65,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, one of Europe's biggest engineering projects, has placed safety at the heart of its strategy.
Castle Group Ltd, a health and environment training provider, has launched three new One Day Courses in Vibration, Noise, and Hazardous Substances.
Campbell Associates has introduced several solutions for sound and vibration issues: the soundBadge acoustic dosimeter, soundEar warning signs, and CVK hand arm and whole body vibration measurement systems. The company says that the dosimeter is the most advanced acoustic dosimeter on the market.